MetroPCS Joins Home Phone Fray

It’s no secret that residential subscribers have been known to ditch their landlines for a mobile-only approach, setting up a three-way battle for the home market among RBOCs, cablecos and mobile operators. The latest to wade into the fray is regional prepaid wireless operator MetroPCS.

The Dallas-based carrier has debuted GroupLINE, which emulates the experience of owning a home phone using mobile technology. GroupLINE members – up to five MetroPCS Family Plan subscribers – share a common, wireline-esque voice mailbox, which is attached to a separate number from the individuals’ cell numbers. When someone calls that shared number, it rings all GroupLINE members’ phones simultaneously. And, just like at home, if more than one family member answers, they’re connected to each other as well as the inbound caller.

Consider it home phone on the move. It’s available in addition to MetroPCS’ Family Plan, for $5 per month.


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